Institute for Chess Excellence Category Grading System & Weekly Tournament Series

First I grouped the players into five categories and mapped each against corresponding FIDE rating brackets.

Then I looked to assign each age-group to a category they needed to be to effectively participate in the National Junior Development Training Program.

Next, I determined the basis for promotion from one category to another based on measurable results through competitive play.

Finally, I came up with incentives and what I think is the right way to reward those who excel and are able to outperform their peer group.

But you might ask, how does this work?

Well, to start with, let's say a player who is relatively new to the game decides to take part and so starts with participating in a Category 5 which will also be his or her given grade.

Players with FIDE 1200 and below rating who wish to take part also play in Category 5.

In fact, all are immediately considered to be Category 5 and recognised as such with a Certificate confirming this grade and would be included in a player database.

However, if a player is able to score 60 percent in three such events, then he or she is promoted to Category 4 and from the onwards competes with players with the same grade and those between FIDE 1200-1500.

And so it goes until a player achieves Category 1 status.

If a player is in the National Junior Development Training Program and if he or she in competition outperforms his or her normal grade, then he or she will be entitled to a scholarship in the form of a discount on fees.

We will also be asking the Malaysian Chess Federation to recognise outstanding participants by giving them the right to play in International Youth Championships.

Internally, we will of course also give special attention and provide extra help!

Yes, we will start this off on Sunday 9 July! With registrations closed the day before and with the games starting exactly at the start time!


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